Walking nature trails are increasing in popularity because they provide multiple benefits for the community. They are a safe and important avenue for exercise, can be educational for children and adults and are an important outlet to appreciate nature and wildlife. The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is sponsoring a project to expand and improve the nature trail located at Camino School in Camino, California. The trail is currently around ¾ of a mile in length and nearly encircles the property lines of Camino School. The trail is used by the students for educational purposes and physical exercise and is used county-wide for cross-country track meets. The trail is one of the only park areas for the Camino community residents to walk. At the beginning of the trail on the southern boundary of the school is a stunning vista of Mount Diablo, approximately 100 miles away.
The trail needs significant improvement such as erosion control, retaining walls and leveling. There are several downed trees and branches that need removal for the fire protection of the school. The trail should be widened in some areas, and dangerous protrusions such as rocks and stumps need removal. Additional clearing and groundwork would extend the trail an extra .25 miles so that it is one full mile in length. Trail enhancements would include the addition of indigenous trees, benches to appreciate the vista, bird feeders, secured trash containers and receptacles for pet waste. The plan also includes educational park trail signs to identify flora, fauna and historical and geographical features.
Breakdown of Costs
- Retaining Wall $2,100.00
- Excavator rental $1,500.00
- Land Fill and gravel $1,200.00
- Park benches $300.00
- Trail signs $750.00
- Bird feeders, plants and trees $550.00
- Trash and pet waste containers $900.00
- Overhead $450.00
If Funding Goal is Exceeded:
Purchase and install a park telescope.
If Funding Goal is Not Met:
Scale down the project or continue fundraising.